In his first full year as Google CEO, Larry Page had plenty to brag about. The company he cofounded with Sergey Brin in 1998 saw its Nexus-branded tablet debuted to strong reviews.; its mobile operating system has ; and its first
But even if he wanted to brag, for much of the year he wouldn't have been able to. In the summer, Page was hit with a still-unspecified illness that caused him to lose his voice. The bug caused him to sit out the Google I/O developer conference as well as the second-quarter earnings call. His absence made it all the more humorous when his company's third-quarter earnings were reported early, with a space left for the now-famous "." It wasn't until October that , at a conference in Arizona, where he said he was "still a little hoarse" but otherwise OK. Here's hoping we hear more from him in 2013.